“The 25 Greatest Comic Book Villains of All-Time” continues with #15-#11.
15. Sinestro (Green Lantern)
Once considered one of the greatest members of the Green Lantern Corps, and Hal Jordan’s mentor, when it was discovered that he was using his power as a means to rule over his home planet, he was banished to the Antimatter Universe. Feelingly wronged by the Green Lanterns, he grew to hate them and vowed revenge. The inhabitants of the Antimatter Universe, who also hated the Corps, created a yellow power ring that granted him the same abilities as a Green Lantern, but powered by fear instead of courage. He managed to escape and began his campaign against the Lanterns. He is completely demented, having wiped out entire planets just to display his power. He is also responsible for the freeing of the Corps other nemesis: the embodiment of fear, Parallax.
14. Mystique (X-Men)
With the ability to look and sound like anyone, Mystique is the ultimate spy and infiltrator. This power alone makes her a formidable opponent, but she’s also an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and a skilled marksman. When Magneto left the Brotherhood of Mutants, Mystique picked up the reigns of the X-Men’s evil counterpart. She is a violent defender of mutantkind and views any opposition to them as a direct threat. In the “Days of Future Past” story arc, her penchant for assassinating political figures who campaigned against mutants lead to mutants and all other super powered beings being hunted down. Her history with several of the X-Men runs very deep and personal. She is Nightcrawler’s biological mother, and the adoptive mother of Rogue. Her relationship with the latter is particularly tumultuous due to Mystique forcing her as a child to use her lifeforce-absorbing ability to nearly kill the super hero Ms. Marvel.
13. Two-Face (Batman)
When half of his face was horribly disfigured during a failed mob hit, district attorney Harvey Dent went mad and developed a dual personality and began calling himself Two-Face. He also became obsessed with the number 2 and duality in general. Using his iconic double-sided coin to make decisions, he believes that chance is the only thing true in the world. While he doesn’t have the long track record of mayhem against the Bat-family and their allies like The Joker or the singular defining moment like Bane, his relationship with Batman is just as intriguing because while Two-Face is one of the most deadly and violent men in Gotham, there is a part of him that is still the old Harvey Dent. Because of this, Batman is torn between wanting to stop Two-Face’s criminal operations and hopes that one day he can be rehabilitated.
12. The Red Skull (Captain America)
The battle between Johann Schmidt and Captain America dates all the way back to World War II when Schmidt was a high-ranking Nazi officer. Originally an ordinary man, he was no match for the abilities of the Star Spangled Avenger. He had to rely on his mastery of strategy to combat Steve Rogers. However, he eventually had his mind placed into a body that had been cloned from Captain America. Now on the same physical level as his nemesis, The Red Skull became even more dangerous an adversary. Even though he has died multiple times, due to the technology of the criminal organization HYDRA, Schmidt can never really be considered dead. Whenever one body dies, his mind is simply placed into another cloned body, making him for all intents and purposes immortal. Following the events of the Marvel Civil War, with Captain America arrested and in chains, Schmidt seized the opportunity to deal a final blow to his long-time foe: under Red Skull’s employ, fellow Cap enemy Crossbones assassinates Steve Rogers on the steps of the Capital. A battle that had spanned nearly seven decades was over…that is of course until Marvel brought Captain America back to life…
11. Loki (Thor)
The God of Mischief and Chaos from Norse mythology. Loki is the constant fly in the ointment of his adoptive brother Thor. He grew jealous of the adulation that his brother received from his feats of strength and courage in battle, and blames Thor for “stealing” the affection and respect of their father Odin. Convinced that he should be the heir to the throne of Asgard, he will do anything to humiliate, shame, and/or kill the God of Thunder. Due to Thor’s love of its people, Loki began causing trouble in Midgard (Earth). So dangerous were his schemes that they eventually lead to the formation of The Avengers when several of Earth’s heroes banded together to stop him.
Up next: #10-6…